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I have found a way to easily remove the pin from the bottom of the distributor shaft. I used a motorcycle chain remover and what appeared to be (or is) an exhaust stud spacer. No hammering or need for someone else to hold the distributor.

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The pin went back in without the need for the exhaust spacer.

This was part of a distributor repair on an '85 Turbo distributor I bought from the wrecking yard years ago. I used it for a while until the connector came loose resulting in the Hall wheel slicing one of the wires.

Question: After I cleaned the housing with a bore brush, I noticed there was something in there obstructing the bore. I pulled out this little felt (or horsehair?) pad. If I put it back in, then I was unable to insert the shaft. I assume it has some sort of lubrication function. Do you think everything will get oiled properly without it? Or maybe it is a seal?

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Thanks for the tip! Sorry, I don't know about that pad. I didn't remove the pad on mine. I figured there weren't any parts I could replace to stop the oil leak, so I found a newer distributor to rebuild that has a regular oil seal. I hope you get it back in or working somehow.
 

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Thanks, 900Power, your previous posts on distributor rebuilding were helpful to me in completing this.
 

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I had trouble removing the pin until I followed jim mesthene's advice and used a real pin punch of the correct size. $8.99 for a set from harbor freight. A few taps and it came out and went in easily. I replaced the seal and no more leak. Search my username and you will find the thread, it was only a couple months ago.
 
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